Saturday, February 26, 2005

AYRSHIRE GOLF ASSOCIATION - Capacity audience honour the winners at the Annual Dinner

Irvine Ravenspark was filled to capacity on Friday evening, 25th February, when representatives of Ayrshire clubs met for the 23rd annual Ayrshire Golf Association dinner.

With President Ian Guthrie (Ballochmyle) indisposed, Past President Robin Baker (Troon Welbeck) hosted proceedings.

Guests of the Association included S.G.U Vice President Gordon McInnes along with representatives from the other West Of Scotland county associations, clubs who hosted events throughout 2004, sponsors and county coaching staff.

After a welcome to the club from Ravenspark Captain, Milton Murray, the company enjoyed a hearty meal, before proceeding to the presentation of the trophies for the 2004 season.

The first award presented was the Ayrshire Fourball Trophy, with the winning team of Gordon Hope and Steven Craig accepting the trophy on behalf of Annanhill G.C.

Winners of the Club Championship were Largs Golf Club, with former Ayrshire Junior Golf League Chairman Gordon Cunningham accepting the trophy on behalf of the club.

Ballochmyle Golf Club retained the Summer League Trophy, whilst Alex Gourlay (Irvine) accepted the Strokeplay Championship Trophy, which he uniquely shared with Ross Duncan (Brodick) in 2004.

Tommy McInally (Loudoun) was present to accept the Champion Of Champions Trophy, and the presentation of trophies culminated in Barry Crawford (West Kilbride) being presented with the Doc Thom Salver for the outstanding performance over a number of selected events throughout the season.

Prizewinners who were unable to attend the event were Boys Champion Iain Menzies (Largs), Matchplay Champion David McLure (Ballochmyle) and Youths Champion/joint Strokeplay Champion Ross Duncan (Brodick).

The draw for the Summer League competition was made before the evenings programme progressed to the speeches.

The first speaker proposed the toast to The Ayrshire Golf Association. Douglas Mill, Chief Executive of The Law Society Of Scotland, with a witty, informative and very knowledgable speech set the tone of the evening, which prompted a suitable reply on behalf of the association by Past President Baker.

The main guest speaker of the evening, proposing a toast to the game of golf, was well known local after dinner speaker and erstwhile comedian, Jim 'Buller' Reid, who certainly did not disappoint, having the company laughing almost continually during his presentation.

The evenings programme concluded with a vote of thanks from A.G.A. Vice President, Ricky Magee (Caprington).

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